Duane Burnett

Data Operations Manager

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Determining “what” needs to be done and “how” it can be done

My most important role is to validate and correct issues within our client databases. I maintain quality and reliability using metrics based on features and options in our program. I build the tools for internal consumption and data functions.

What brought me here

I went to culinary school out of high school and became a chef right away. I worked every night and most weekends – never seeing my wife and children. Then I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Long story short, I beat it and am now in remission. Cancer changed me, changed my priorities. I decided to go back to school and study computer programming. Through school, I was connected with an internship for Junxure and started working here for free as an intern. Eventually, I was offered a full time position. I have been with the company for quite some time now and have essentially done everything under the sun for the team.

How I balance life

What I do outside of work depends upon the weather. If it is sunny out, I can be found enjoying life outside – camping, fishing or working in the yard. If it is a rainy day, I prefer to be inside, at my computer. I am an independent game developer and self-taught coder. I have created eight different video games and look forward to developing more.

My favorite quote

“Everyday is a new day, make the most of it.” – Anonymous

What I want to know most in life

Will humans actually walk on Mars?

Who inspires a sense of adventure in me

Elon Musk inspires me. He knows no limits. He is bold and not afraid to try new things.